To the King's most excellent Majesty
May it please Your Majesty,
In obedience to Your Maj. commands signified to us by His Grace the Duke of Newcastle in his letter dated 27 March 1733 We have preparedr Burrington your late Governor of this Province except in the 41st Article whereby he was directed to examine into several complaints against Sir Richard Everard formerly Deputy Govr of this Province as also concerning his having issued several blank patents for land which the possessors were at liberty to fill up with as great a number of acres as they should think fit but Sir Richard Everard being since dead we have left out that part of the instruction which related personally to him and have prepared a new one for Mr Johnston by which he is directed to make a particular enquiry into the Grants of land which have been made in this Province since the Year 1728 and upon discovery of any fraudulent practises therein to order the necessary prosecutions for vacating the same of all which he is directed to transmit particular accounts to be laid before Your Majesty.
We further beg leave to acquaint Your Majesty that James Jenoure and John Porter Esqrs lately Members of Your Maj. Council in North Carolina being lately dead Cornelius Harnet Esq. some time Member of the same Council having resigned and Edward Moseley, Roger Moore and Cullen Pollock Esqrs having been recommended to us as persons every way qualified to serve Your Majesty in this station we have inserted their names instead of the said James Jenoure John Porter and Cornelius Harnet